Five Fabulous Jewellery Essentials

Over the years whilst styling ladies and helping them revamp their wardrobes, I’ve discovered that having the right pieces of jewellery can make a wardrobe stretch so much further. Costume jewellery can instantly change the personality of an outfit in a simple flourish. What’s more, I’ve also found that there are certain, key pieces of jewellery that will work well with an entire wardrobe of clothes, no matter what colours or styles it consists of.

So I’m going to share with what these little treasures are and why they are so important, whether you’re making them for yourself to wear or to sell.

Multi-Strand Necklaces


The layered look is and has been in fashion for quite some time and we love it! If you don’t like chunky jewellery then multi-strand necklaces and bracelets are the perfect solution. You can keep the size of the chains sleek and simple or ramp up the wow-factor with chunky chain combined with bigger beads. Whatever your taste is, layered jewellery does make a style statement without being too over the top.

Pearls, pearls, pearls!

Whether you can afford the real thing or prefer faux pearls, a pearl necklace will add elegance to any outfit. Team pearls with a business suit for a touch of Coco Chanel or dress up jeans, a plain white tee-shirt and blazer.

If you have a pink or rose skin tone, opt for white pearls, warmer skin tones look best with creamy coloured pearls.

Try layering several strings of pearls for a very up-to-the minute look.

Long black glossy beads

black beaded necklace

There is nothing more chic than black glossy beads. They will go well with everything but I love putting black on black. The shiny beads contrast beautifully with matt black fabric. Black beads are far from boring, they are a wardrobe-must-have.

Cocktail rings

screen-shot-2012-03-22-at-14-49-37A cocktail ring is one that is eye catching and large scale. Big rings have been fashionable for quite a few seasons and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. Don’t let the name fool you, cocktail rings are no longer reserved for wearing in the evening. A statement-piece ring will help you stand out from the crowd and draw admiring glances. Plus, you can always see your beautiful ring without having to look in the mirror.


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Brooches are the fashion stylist’s secret weapon and the most versatile piece of jewellery you will ever own. Thread one onto a choker necklace to create a stunning pendant. Pin one onto the back of an ill-fitting sweater or jacket to add shape. Pin brooches to hats or even onto two necklace strands. Michelle Obama has turned brooch wearing into an art form and often wears two or three together.  However you wear your brooch, you can rest assured that it will always add style and glamour to any outfit.


Enjoy wearing and making your jewellery….it makes any outfit go from simple to stylish!